A glimmer of hope? Rate of COVID-19 hospitilizations in Michigan looks to be slowing
The number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus continues to climb in Michigan. But the number isn’t rising as fast as it was a few weeks ago.
A word that’s been in short supply among health care workers in Michigan recently.
But in the latest hospital numbers, there’s some sign of it.
Joshua Kooistra is chief medical officer at Spectrum Health West Michigan, where hospitalizations have declined since a peak 10 days ago.
"My hope is that the increased social distancing measures, and some of the restrictions that have been put in place, have led to decreased hospitalizations," said Kooistra. "That’s a hunch, I can’t prove it, but that is my hope."
Kooistra says Spectrum hospitals are still very busy, and there’s been no decline in coronavirus patients in the critical care units.
And he says the hospital is expecting numbers could rise again if people gather for the holidays.